The Jets have spent much of the offseason tirelessly improving their roster one player at a time, and they used a fifth-round pick on Friday to trade for Saints running back Chris Ivory.
How is it an upgrade?
Consider these scouting notes from Scouts, Inc.
[Ivory] is a powerful downhill runner who runs with balance and effort. He does a good job finishing off his runs and flashes the ability to move the pile near the goal line. He has just enough speed and lateral cutting ability to get to the edge but is not going to create a lot on his own.
From the sound of it, he is similar to Shonn Greene in his between-the-tackles running style, but different in that he actually has some speed to his game.
He is capable of moving a direction besides north-south, and consistently finds his way to the edge when traffic gets jammed in the middle.
The highlight above illustrates just how versatile he is. He bounces all different directions initially, keeps his balance through an arm tackle and stiff-arms his way through the final would-be tackler for the touchdown.
His relentlessness won't go unnoticed, either.
On this play, he is hit at the line of scrimmage, but battles through at least five tacklers to pick up nine yards.
The Jets already added a running back this offseason in Mike Goodson, but he is more a finesse back. While he'll be a solid fit in the West Coast offense for his abilities as a receiver out of the backfield, the Jets still needed a true hammer between the tackles to alleviate the loss of Greene.
Considering the Jets spent a third-rounder on Greene four years ago, and a fifth-rounder on Ivory today, it's safe to say they accomplished the goal of upgrading the running back spot over last year's group.
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